1. Are you licensed and insured? Can you supply me with proof of liability?
Responsible business owners carry liability insurance to protect their businesses and the consumer. Many locations are beginning to require proof of liability. I carry a $2 million liability policy per event with a $2 million liability coverage for persons. I will show you my Certificate of Liability Insurance during our initial consultation. I am a licensed Professional Mobile Entertainer in the state of Washington and in the counties of King, Pierce, Snohomish and Skagit counties.
2. Will you be willing to play requests and discuss music ahead of time?
A versatile Disc Jockey is willing to listen to your suggestions, give you feedback and play from your desired song list. I will also accept the fact you may not want certain songs played. I cannot know everything about your musical preferences and entertainment needs without communication. That begins with our consultations and continues through your access to the online planning forms for you and your guests.
3. Do you use professional equipment?
Your event is critical to you, and I completely hold that in the highest regard. My reputation is built largely on referrals. The gear I use is leading-edge, professional DJ, audio, lighting, and video equipment. The products I use and endorse are industry-standard, trend-setting, and professional-grade that are as functional as they are attractive. The gear I will bring has been meticulously researched, tested, and refined to make your event exceptional.
4. Do you provide backup equipment at my event?
Although equipment failure is rare, I bring to every venue a complete backup sound system, backup microphones, and redundant programs for my lighting, music, and video segments on all 3 laptops I run at your event.
5. Do you belong to a professional organization or trade group?
I am a continuing member of the American Disc Jockey Association and abide by the code of ethics within the charter of this fine organization. Booking a reliable Disc Jockey is a very important decision for the success of your party. Selecting a Disc Jockey who is an active member of the American Disc Jockey Association will provide you with the confidence that you have selected a trained professional.
6. How much time do you allow for set-up?
PUNCTUALITY IS A NECESSITY! I arrive well in advance of your event and NEVER book more than one event per day. My general rule of thumb is to be completely set up, sound and cross checked at least one hour before your guests begin to arrive. This means I will be at your venue a minimum of 3 hours for a wedding or corporate event and 2 hours prior to a school function.
7. Do you provide a written contract?
It is extremely important to have your booking confirmed in writing. I will provide you with a written contract upon receipt of your initial retainer (30% deposit to secure your date) that outlines my services, price, date, and package(s) selection.
8. Will you be suitably dressed for our occasion?
While formal attire or coat & tie are the most popular forms of attire ,if you are having a "themed" event, I will ensure to happily comply and be appropriately dressed for your event.
9. Other items to note
Disc Jockey rates vary based on talent, experience, emcee ability, service, coordination, equipment needed, music knowledge, mixing ability and personality. Rates for the DJ industry vary greatly, ranging from $350.00 to over $5,000.00 with an average of $1,200.00 for a 4 hour booking. The best price is not always the best deal, especially if you are planning a wedding or corporate event. As a matter of fact, surveys conclude that nearly 100% of brides would have spent more money on their entertainment and made it their #1 priority in hindsight.
I will normally invest 12 to 30 hours to your special event but it may appear that you are only paying for "4 hours". Consultations, music purchasing & editing, preparation, setup and teardown, education and other business related endeavors add up to the overall success of your special occasion.
10. What happens if you become unavailable?
This is one of those critical questions to ask a wedding DJ, and they really should have a solid answer to this. If they become unavailable (sick, injured, etc.), how are you going to cover my event? For me personally, I have a lot of quality DJs I have great relationships within the area and I happen to take meticulous notes. So if the need ever arises the bases are covered. Knock on wood, I have never missed an event.
11. Have you performed at my venue?
It’s nice to have a DJ that has experience with members of that venue and knows the lay of the land. That being said, a quality DJ will perform some kind of reconnaissance with the venue prior to your wedding. So don’t automatically discredit a DJ that has not been there before, just ensure they know what they are doing. Personally, a good 25-30% of my events per year are at venues I have not performed for in the past.
12. How do I book your services?
First, check my availability
Next, let's make contact
Third, let's discuss your event, pricing, and if Choice-Sound is a great fit
Book Choice-Sound and get ready to celebrate
Interesting Wedding Statistics
*AFTER THE VOWS...
72% of all brides say they would have spent more time choosing their reception entertainment.
Almost 100% say they would have spent more of their budget on the entertainment.
During wedding planning, brides say their highest priority is their attire, followed by the reception site and caterer - reception entertainment is among the least of their priorities. Within one week after their reception, 78% of Brides say they would have made the entertainment their highest priority!
When asked, 81% of guests say the thing they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment.
65% of all couples that chose a band to entertain at their wedding said if they had it to do over again, they would have chosen a disc jockey.